Almost 11 months since taking office after the death of her husband, and despite being bedeviled by leftist guerrillas, rightist extremists and labour and rural unrest, President Maria Estela 'Isabelita' Peron is still in power in Argentina.
GV Troops lined up outside Cathedral
SV Horseguards lined up
SV PAN Senora Peron bows to flag before reviewing naval contingent (2 shots)
SV Spectators on hoarding
SV Senora Peron waves to crowd
LV Crowd cheering
CU ZOOM OUT Drummers lead march of troops in traditional costume past Peron on viewing stand (3 shots)
LV & SV Military contingent passing
SCU Peron acknowledges troops
SV PAN Naval contingent's marchpast
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Background: Almost 11 months since taking office after the death of her husband, and despite being bedeviled by leftist guerrillas, rightist extremists and labour and rural unrest, President Maria Estela 'Isabelita' Peron is still in power in Argentina.
On Sunday (25 May) in Buenos Aires she reviewed her troops in a colourful ceremony to mark Argentina's annual Independence Day. It was the 165th anniversary of the establishment of an "open" cabdilo (municipal council) under which Buenos Aires was given autonomous government to administer the viceroyalty of La Plata. The old Spanish colony not only took in Argentina, but also modern day Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia.
Sunday's ceremony came just under a month after Senora Peron's Justicialist Party had won a symbolically-important electoral victory in the rural northeastern province of Misiones. It was the first ballot of any kind in the strife-ridden country since 1 July last year, when the ailing 78-years-old General Juan Peron died leaving his wife as his heir.
Many predicted anarchy, or yet another takeover by the military within weeks after Senora Peron became the divisive country's first woman leader. Although total anarchy has been close at times and the return of the military has been widely predicated, neither has eventuated and she remains in office.
Senora Peron's rule has been marked by a swing to the right and some observers say the renewal of military rule has only to be formalised. Two weeks ago Lieutenant-General Leandro Anaya, the mild-mannered army commander who led the armed forces out of politics, resigned in favour of the known right-winger General Alberto Numa Laplane after reported arguments with the Defence Minister.